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Educational Philosophy, Goals, And Emphasis of the RPCUS

The educational function of the church is at the very heart of its reason d'etre. Explicitly stated in the Lord Jesus Christ's parting commission to His apostles is the command to "make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you" (Matt. 28:19-20). This educational function exists within the context of the worship and covenant life of Christ's church. And, it cannot be understood apart from that context.

Jesus made it clear that God the Father is seeking a people to worship him in spirit and truth (John 4:23), to glorify him and enjoy him (Rom. 11:37). Worship is man's reason d'etre, his highest good, his chief end (WCF, Shorter Catechism Question #1; hereafter, SCQ). Worship here is broader than the formal cultus of the institutional church. It encompasses all of life (Psalm 73:24-28). The Christian worships God at all times, being and reflecting His image (John 17:21-23), acknowledging His sovereign lordship (Prov. 3:6), being humbled before His will (John 4:34), and serving His purposes (Heb. 10:7).